Old English Grammar & Reader

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Wayne State University Press, 1970 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
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This book makes learning Old English easy. It contains a simplified grammar, a minimum of phonology, well-chosen selections from Old English prose, and rich selections from Old English poetry. The texts are in regularized spelling, based on Early West Saxon, so that beginners will not have to wrestle with a shifting orthography. All texts come with facing-page literal translations.

The prose selections include: "The Voyages of Ohthere and Wulfstan"; "The Story of King Cynewulf of Wessex"; "The Wars of King Alfred against the Vikings"; and King Alfred's Preface to Cura Pastoralis. The poetry includes: Caedmon's "Hymn" from Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People; The Battle of Brunanburg; The Battle of Maldon; The Dream of Rood from the Vercelli Book; The Wanderer, The Seafarer, The Wife's Lament, The Storm Riddles, The Panther, and The Whale from The Exeter Book.

 

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The author presents Old English as a language to be learned as easily as possible - reducing the phonological obstacles (leaving in some of the umlauts), using uniform orthography, and simplified ... Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
7
IUMLAUT IN OLD ENGLISH
42
A SELECTIVE LIST OF HELPFUL WORKS
68
READER
70
The Battle of Brunanburg
112
A Note on the Texts
205
PROPER NOUNS
297
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Robert E. Diamond was a professor at Wayne State University.

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